Years of political instability and recurring natural disasters have kept Haiti in an impoverished tailspin, placing one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another in their path to development, with some 55% of the Haitian population currently living below the poverty line.
In January of 2010, a major earthquake struck Haiti with devastating consequences. The capital city, Port-au-Prince, and its surrounding communities were heavily affected: over 220,000 Haitians lost their lives, more than 400,000 were injured, and a staggering 1.2 million people were left homeless. Practically speaking, half of the city of Port-au-Prince was destroyed.
With nearly three decades in Haiti, Action Against Hunger’s teams were well positioned to respond immediately to this latest catastrophe, setting up emergency water points that served some 800,000 displaced individuals for over a year, building latrines for over 100,000 people in Port-au-Prince, and distributed over five million water purification tablets to stave off the threat of waterborne diseases.
Three years after the earthquake, some 500,000 people remain displaced and too many communities remain at-risk. Action Against Hunger continues to distribute chlorinated water to cholera treatment centers and disinfecting water points that serve 300,000 people with daily access to clean drinking water. We’ve implemented wide-reaching public awareness campaigns on the importance of handwashing and preparing food with chlorinated water as a means to prevent further outbreaks, and continue to scale up our lifesaving nutrition and food security programs.